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Top Features of Base Model
- Stylish midsize sedan
- Powerful 295-horsepower V6 engine available
- All-wheel drive option
- Excellent interior
- Good infotainment system
Chrysler 200: Everything You Need to Know
About the Chrysler 200
The Chrysler 200 was a midsize sedan sold in two generations. The most recent was a completely redesigned vehicle sold from 2015 through 2017. The 200 was a stylish and modern car that was hampered by bad timing. It launched just as the market turned decisively away from sedans in favor of SUVs and light trucks.
The Chrysler 200 won points for its design, interior, and standard features. But it was criticized for very little rear-seat room and for a balky transmission in the four-cylinder version. Heavy for its size, the Chrysler 200 rode well. And the V-6 model offered strong performance, although at the cost of middling fuel economy. It was one of few midsize sedans at the time offered with optional all-wheel drive.
What’s New in the 2017 Chrysler 200?
Changes to the Chrysler 200 for the 2017 model year included the addition of the Touring, Limited Platinum, and 200C Platinum trim levels. Each came with an increasing number of comfort and convenience features. There was also a new Dark Appearance package available for the Touring model. For 2017, the Limited and 200C trims were discontinued.
Various trims of the 2017 Chrysler 200 offered:
- Standard 184-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
- Optional 295-horsepower 3.6-liter V6
- Standard nine-speed automatic transmission
- Optional all-wheel drive on the V6 model only
EPA fuel-economy ratings for the 2017 Chrysler 200 ranged up to 27 mpg in combined city/highway driving for the four-cylinder version with front-wheel drive. Mileage dropped to 22 mpg combined for the all-wheel drive model equipped with the V6 engine.
What Does the Chrysler 200 Compete With?
The Chrysler 200 competed with a long list of midsize sedans. It was tough going, however, because Chrysler’s offerings in that segment had been subpar for years. Rivals included:
The only competitor for the all-wheel drive version was the Subaru Legacy, although the two brands tended to appeal to different types of shoppers. Chrysler 200 buyers were often previous Chrysler, Dodge, or Ram truck owners, as well as fleets, including rental agencies.
Exterior Design of the 2017 Chrysler 200
The 2015 Chrysler 200 was widely considered a handsome car, equaled only by the Ford Fusion in its day. The 200’s fastback shape and rounded front end set it apart from the grim Sebring it replaced. And it earned many admiring reviews on launch.
A variety of trim levels and options spanned the gamut from basic to chrome-laden. And a selection of wheel choices and other accessories were available to dress up a 200. A sportier 200 S model added blacked-out trim and wheels.
Interior Style in the 2017 Chrysler 200
The Chrysler 200 is a pleasant place for the front occupants, with comfortable front and excellent long-distance support from the optional sport seats. But the rear area is compromised. The door opening is small, and the roof arcs downward, well forward of a rear-seat rider’s head. Only small adults and children will have enough room to ride comfortably back there.
Cabin décor and materials are generally high-quality, with most surfaces covered in soft-touch materials. Multiple places to stow phones, drinks, and other gear abound. The deep console is especially flexible with its sliding tray inside. Trunk space is generous, at 16 cubic feet.
Overall, the Chrysler 200 is stylish inside and out. But only the front two of its four or five occupants will be comfortable. For buyers whose midsize sedans rarely carry more than one or two people, that’s not a drawback. For shoppers looking for a family vehicle, it’s more of a problem.
What Technology Comes in the 2017 Chrysler 200?
The Chrysler 200 offered several trim levels and a variety of options, so there are lots of feature combinations available. All 200s started with keyless entry, a rearview camera, and LED ambient lighting. Base models, however, did not include Bluetooth pairing, only a USB port.
Touchscreens ranged from 5.0 to 8.4 inches, small by today’s standards, but the Uconnect interface is bright, crisp, and intuitive. Top models also have a digital information panel between the instruments.
Available features included a 500-watt premium sound system with nine speakers, a navigation system, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Other available tech included Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, and satellite radio.
What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2017 Chrysler 200?
The 2017 Chrysler 200 included a standard rearview camera before it became mandatory. High-end models offered a comprehensive package called SafetyTec that bundled numerous active safety features. Those included adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and prevention, forward-collision alert, blind-spot alerts, parking assist, and automatic headlights. Blind-spot monitors were optional on many trim levels.
The Chrysler 200 received top safety ratings, including a designation as a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It got top crash ratings in every test from the IIHS, though its headlights were dubbed either Marginal or Poor depending on the trim level. Its LATCH child-seat attachment system was harshly judged, as well.
What is the 2017 Chrysler 200 Like to drive?
The 2017 Chrysler 200 feels heavy and solid on the road. Its handling is predictable and well-behaved, and that V-6 option makes it reasonably quick. One downside to that engine’s 295 horsepower is torque steer, or a tendency for the front drive wheels to pull to one side under hard acceleration. The available all-wheel drive solves that problem.
The 200’s one glaring drawback is the behavior of its nine-speed automatic transmission when paired with the base four-cylinder engine. The transmission is unpredictable: it may pause or hesitate; it may shift up and down frequently; and, once in a while, it shifts abruptly. We suspect it has to do with software to extract maximum gas mileage from a heavy vehicle. The transmission programming was the subject of several recalls over the car’s life, but it’s a known issue. We’d suggest avoiding that combination.
Should I Buy a New Chrysler 200?
The Chrysler 200 is now out of production and has been since late 2016. Any new vehicles remaining on sale, if any, are almost three years old.
Should I buy a Used Chrysler 200? Are There Any I Should Avoid?
As a discontinued model, the 200 likely sells for a bit less than comparable sedans that are still in production. The 2011-2014 cars are dated and not as well-equipped as more recent models. However, the redesigned 2015-2017 version may be a good value for people who don’t need a lot of rear-seat passenger room.
The V6 models drive better than the four-cylinders, whose transmission can be balky, indecisive, and abrupt. The top-of-the-line trim has a good suite of active-safety features, and the all-wheel drive V6 model is a rarity that will appeal to buyers in areas with winter weather.
How Much Does the 2017 Chrysler 200 Cost?
The Chrysler 200 is now out of production and has been since late 2016. When new, the 2017 Chrysler 200 was priced from just over $22,000.
Pros and Cons of the 2017 Chrysler 200
- Handsome, stylish midsize sedan
- Premium interior with good infotainment system
- V6 versions are smooth and powerful
- All-wheel drive option
- Rear seat is small and cramped
- Fuel economy not very good
- Balky transmission on four-cylinder versions
- Model has been discontinued
The History of the Chrysler 200: Seven years of the Chrysler 200
The Chrysler 200 is a midsize sedan produced in two generations. The first, for model years 2011-2014, was an upgraded and restyled version of the former Chrysler Sebring. This 200 wasn’t particularly handsome or modern, but its interior was more pleasant than its grim predecessor, and it was popular with fleet buyers.
The second generation of the Chrysler 200, made from 2015 to 2017, was an all-new vehicle that was considered very stylish. It was also quite comfortable—at least for front-seat riders. It suffered from a cramped rear seat, and its fuel economy (often important to buyers in this segment) was mediocre. The new 200 was canceled after a short run of only three model years, when Chrysler began exiting the passenger-car business to focus on SUVs, crossovers, and pickup trucks.
Specs & Key Features of the 2017 Chrysler 200
- Body Style
- 2.4L I4 MultiAir
- 184 hp
- 9-Speed 948TE Automatic
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Front Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Cruise Control
- LED Lights
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 2.4L I4 MultiAir
- Transmission: 9-Speed 948TE Automatic
- Federal Emissions
- Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
- Front-Wheel Drive
- 3.73 Axle Ratio
- Engine Oil Cooler
- 160 Amp Alternator
- 700CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Touring Suspension
- Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
- 15.8 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
- Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Electric Parking Brake
- Wheels: 17" x 7.0" Steel w/Cover
- Tires: P215/55R17 BSW AS
- Spare Tire Mobility Kit
- Clearcoat Paint
- Body-Colored Front Bumper
- Body-Colored Rear Bumper
- Rocker Panel Extensions
- Chrome Side Windows Trim, Black Front Windshield Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
- Body-Colored Door Handles
- Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors
- Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
- Light Tinted Glass
- Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
- Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
- Colored Grille w/Chrome Surround
- Trunk Rear Cargo Access
- Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- Perimeter/Approach Lights
- LED Brakelights
- Radio: 3.0
- Radio w/Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
- Window Grid Antenna
- 4 Speakers
- 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
- 6-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
- 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
- Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Power Rear Windows
- Front Cupholder
- Rear Cupholder
- Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
- Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
- Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
- Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
- Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
- Manual Air Conditioning
- HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
- Illuminated Locking Glove Box
- Driver Foot Rest
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
- Cloth Door Trim Insert
- Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
- Premium Cloth Bucket Seats
- Day-Night Rearview Mirror
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
- Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
- Full Carpet Floor Covering
- Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
- Cargo Space Lights
- FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
- Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
- Systems Monitor
- Trip Computer
- Outside Temp Gauge
- Analog Display
- Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
- Sliding Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
- 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
- Seats w/Cloth Back Material
- Perimeter Alarm
- Engine Immobilizer
- 2 12V DC Power Outlets
- Air Filtration
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
- Rear Child Safety Locks
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners